2015 SSE Airtricity League kicks-off on Friday evening...05/03/2015
The 2015 SSE Airtricity League season kicks-off on Friday evening with defending champions Dundalk playing host to promoted First Division champions Longford Town in Oriel Park. Also promoted were Galway United and they host Derry City in Terryland Park. The RTE 2 cameras will bring live coverage of the opening 'Dublin Derby' between Shamrock Rovers and St Patrick's Athletic from Tallaght Stadium, with all three contests set to kick-off at 7.45pm. At the same time, new entrants Cabinteely FC will make their First Division debut against Wexford Youths at their nominated venue Stradbrook, the home of Blackrock RFC.
Senior Women set to face Slovakia in Istria Cup...05/03/2015
Ireland's Senior Women continue their Istria Cup challenge when they take on Slovakia in Umag at 10.30am on Friday morning. The Slovaks also drew their opening encounter with Austria on a one each scoreline leaving all four sides with an identical record.
Premier League action continues on Wednesday night...04/03/2015
With injury beginning to take it's toll on some of his anticipated squad members, Ireland manager Martin O'Neill may be forgiven for looking with some trepidation when Stoke City and their Irish trio of Jon Walters, Glenn Whelan and Marc Wilson welcomed their fellow Irish trio of Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy and Darron Gibson from Everton, to the Britannia Stadium for Premier League action this evening, All six completed the course with the hosts enjoying the more satisfactory evening with a two nil victory.
Irish set for Wednesday Championship action...04/03/2015
Promotion chasing Norwich City, with Wes Hoolihan surprisingly left on the substitute bench, suffered a shock reversal of fortune when James McClean and struggling Wigan Athletic came to Carrow Road in the Championship this evening and scored the only goal for victory. Mick McCarthy's Ipswich Town have stumbled of late and their was no joy from their trip to Leeds United where they went down to a two one defeat. Leading goalscorer Daryl Murphy was relegated to the substitute bench where he was joined by teenager Dylan Connolly. Much of the credit for the improvement in the fortunes of Sheffield Wednesday goes to goalkeeper Keiren Westwood but he too had a night of disappointment as visitors Blackburn Rovers scored a two one success.
Senior Women draw with Hungary in Istria Cup opener...04/03/2015
Ireland's Senior Women opened their Istria Cup challenge with a one all draw against Hungary in Porec this morning. Despite dominating proceedings, Ireland fell behind to a penalty on fifty seven minutes but Ruesha Littlejohn scored the equaliser on seventy two minutes. The other Group A participants, Austria and Slovakia meet later this afternoon. Ireland will next play Slovakia in Umag at 10.30am on Friday morning.
Irish in Premier League action on Tuesday evening...03/03/2015
Tuesday evening in the Premier League saw Aston Villa, with Ciaran Clark starting and Jack Grealish introduced from the bench just before the hour mark, score a dramatic added time penalty to defeat visiting Midland rivals West Bromwich Albion. Concerns also abounded at the KC Stadium where Hull City drew one each with visitors Sunderland, as both clubs continue in stormy water situations. Robbie Brady sustained a serious calf injury in training last week and will be sidelined for a lengthy period, but David Meyler recovered from the effects of a Stephen Ireland challenge on Saturday afternoon and started, alongside Paul McShane with Stephen Quinn again an unused substitute. Saturday's mistaken identity man John O'Shea was available to lead the visiting 'Makems'. On the South coast, Shane Long was disappointed not to be in the starting eleven for Southampton, but played the final twenty minutes in their one nil success over visitors Crystal Palace and Damian Delaney.
Championship roller coaster continues to turn...03/03/2015
The two clubs set to fill the automatic Championship promotion places continue to stretch the imagination as the see-sawing at the summit continues. Derby County and their Irish duo of Richard Keogh and Jeff Hendrick suffered further disappointment as they suffered a two niol defeat at Chris Hughton's Brighton & Hove Albion this evening, while Harry Arter and his AFC Bournemouith colleagues earned a two one success over visitors Wolverhampton Wanderers. Watford, the latest club to loom large at the summit, maintained their progress with the only goal against visitors Fulham in a contest which saw two of our brightest U21 players, Tommie Hoban and Sean Kavanagh in opposition.
Senior Women leave Dublin for Croatia this morning...02/03/2015
Head Coach Sue Ronan and her twenty one strong Senior Women's squad departed Dublin for Croatia this Monday morning, where they will compete in the Istria Cup Invitation Tournament. Ireland have been drawn in Group A together with Austria, Hungary and Slovakia and will commence their challenge against Hungary at 10.30am (Irish time) in Porec on Wednesday morning. The second contest, against Slovakia, is set for 10.30am on Friday morning in Umag, with the final Group contest against Austria scheduled for Rovinj at 1pm on Monday afternoon.
Irish in Premier League action on Sunday afternoon...01/03/2015
Following their Europa Lerague victory at Goodison Park on Thursday evening, Everton returned to Premier League action when they went down to a two nil defeat at Arsenal on Sunday afternoon. The Irish international duo of Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy both started, while Darron Gibson was introduced as a very late substitute.
Ireland hopefuls in Championship action today...01/03/2015
The East Anglian 'derby' between Championship promotion challengers, Norwich City and Ipswich Town featured Ireland hopefuls Wes Hoolihan for the hosts and Daryl Murphy for the visitors, with the 'Canaries' emerging as two nil victors to move into third place on the League table.
Saturday afternoon in the Premier League for Irish...28/02/2015
Stoke City, with four Irish candidates, Jon Walters, Glenn Whelan, Marc Wilson and Stephen Ireland in their starting eleven, scored the only goal, to defeat visitors Hull City who had David Meyler and Paul McShane in their starting eleven with Stephen Quinn introduced from the bench for the injured Meyler just after the hour mark. Sunderland captain John O'Shea returned to familiar territory when his side lost by two goals to nil to Manchester United at Old Trafford, while a similar experience awaited Shane Long who came off the bench for Southampton with fifteen minutes remaining in their one nil defeat at his former club West Bromwich Albion. Fellow Midlands club Aston Villa went down to a similar one nil defeat at Newcastle United with Ciaran Clark starting, while Shay Given and Jack Grealish were on the bench.
Ireland hopefuls set for more Championship action...28/02/2015
The Derby County trio of Cyrus Christie, Richard Keogh and Jeff Hendick suffered a two nil defeat at Fulham, who introduced fit again youngster Sean Kavanagh from the bench just before half-time. Reading included Alex Pearce and Simon Cox in their starting eleven with Stephen Kelly an unused substitute in their three nil home defeat to re-vitalised Nottingham Forest. Watford defender Tommie Hoban, our Under 21 captain, gained just seconds of game time as his side recovered a two goal deficit to win by three goals to two at Leeds United.
Domestic season kicks-off with Presidents Cup...28/02/2015
The domestic football season kicked-off in Oriel Park this afternoon when League Champions Dundalk defeated FAI Cup winners St Patrick's Athletic by two goals to one to win the second President's Cup contest.
Irish contingent at Everton set for trip to the Ukraine...27/02/2015
Everton, the sole surviving British club in the UEFA Europa League, have been drawn to face Dynamo Kiev from the strife torn Ukraine in the Round of 16. The Irish international quartet of Seamus Coleman, Darron Gibson, James McCarthy and Aiden McGeady will aim to be involved when the sides meet in the first leg at Goodison Park on Thursday the 12th March with the second leg set for Kiev seven days later.
U19s defeat Azerbaijan in second contest today...27/02/2015
Ireland Under 19 Head Coach Paul Doolin did receive a more robust examination, than that of Wednesday evening, from fellow Elite qualifiers Azerbaijan when the sides met again this afternoon in Tallaght Stadium. Doolin provided opportunity to the remainder of the squad, who missed out in the first encounter, and a Ryan Manning penalty swiftly followed by a Jack Hallahan strike secured a two nil victory in difficult windy conditions.
Stephanie Roche joins Houston Dash in USA...18/02/2015
Irish international Stephanie Roche, runner-up in the 2014 FIFA Goal of the Year contest, has signed a two year contract to play for Houston Dash in the National Women's Soccer League in the United States. The Dash play at the BBVA Compass Stadium and kick-off their league season with a home match against Washington Spirit on Friday the 10th April 2015.